Thanks for the tip Yakaholic, but surely if you put a pad on the inside of the 'inboard' crossbar your just going to press the pin against the outside edge of the hole on your attached crossbar causing more wear? What suprises me is that hobie didnt put replacable nylon/teflon bushings into these holes in the first place. Philip
Without the padding the pin play makes too much noise. Originally, when new, there was little play and no need for padding. Constant up/down created wear and the padding is just a band-aid to reduce what now would be excessive play if I didn't use padding.
Also I have found that my mast isnt really engaging well the plate doesnt seem stiff enough, any suggestions. Whats going to happen if I capsize, the only things keeping the mast from dropping off and sinking will be the mainsheet and furling line!!!
Hobie has a replacement mast spring tab if yours is a very early model. It has more "spring" to it. If, after placing in the mast, you can just pull mast out of the cup it is set up incorrectly. The mast spring tab must keep mast from coming out - even if you have to hand bend the tab each time.
The rudder was starting to kick up quite a lot in only 10-15 knots of wind, shortening sail helped but its still an issue.
I'm using the balanced rudder mod & that helps alot. Check the drum tension it might need a little tightening, Be careful though because when over tight raising & loweing rudder is harder to do. If you are not worried about shallow water use the rudder lockdown screw.
I love the boat and admire the inovative ideas behind it so I am a happy owner I would just like some more tips as to how to overcome some of these problems
Island is one amazing craft, but yes it could use some minor improvements. Hobie will have a balanced rudder very soon and is supposed to change/fix the T&S lockdown/popup issue this fall.